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at the pentagon and other government agencies. let's bring in "usa today" washington bureau chief susan page and "the washington post" congressional reporter ed o'keefe. good morning to both of you and happy new year. >> good morning. >> same to you. >> the senate returns in about an hour. how close are they? what are you hearing? >> you know, i think it is conceivable that we'll have a new year's eve miracle and there will be a deal but i think the safe bet is against it. for this to happen in the next 14 hours you need to have no senator object to a majority vote, you know, any senator can start to filibuster and force the vote total up to 60 to continue working on any kind of deal they reach. and then you need john boehner to agree and house republicans to agree to bring it up in the same version or very similar version and i think the hurdles that have prevented us from getting a deal for two years are still there. so, i mean, we'll see what the next 14 hours brings but i wouldn't be too optimistic. >> if the senate does manage to hammer out a deal what are the chances the house will go
for the pentagon and domestic analeses this week. the cost of 24 billion for spending cuts and revenues for converting traditional individual retirement accounts on to roth ira's. getting into the weeds of it how is this going to effect our military members? >> military members won't see any direct effect. you will see federal employees the sworn civil servants and contractors affected most directly. right now we are talking about a fwhont kicking the can down the road. with that said there was no clear path forward. the pentagon completely blew this off. they were not prepared for anything having to do with the cuts. they did not do budget offsets talking about getting down into the wings. the offsets are those things you can take cuts on and not suffer degradation of options. you can kick that down the road to be funded. fundamentally we are not seeing a relook or reorganization of the department of defense since 1947. secretary of defense pineda put out this 5 point opinion piece for the failure of the pentagon to do this. president obama called benghazi a result of sloppy thinking.
. we had was within the pentagon. you would think that if you're sending more troops to afghanistan, those troops would go to places that were most critical, the places that the taliban were seeking to take over, the places that were most at risk, potentially a takeover of the country. instead, we wound up sending the first wave of new forces took part of the country with relatively few people. and i discovered the answer was simply tribal rivalries. not in afghanistan but in the pentagon. it turned out that the first wave of troops were u.s. marines. they wanted to bring their own helicopters, the own logistics. so they did was to work with u.s. army soldiers in the areas in and around the city of kandahar. it was this tale of our own services fighting with each other instead of fighting in common purpose against the enemy. and the stories go on. there was into fighting then the state department, within the u.s. agency for international development. and one other tale, i recount in some detail in the book, we had some real serious in fighting between president own national security
the pentagon is revealing about the number of sexual assaults involving military members. and an arrest and a horrific crime, what a man is accused of doing to a woman sleeping on a bench. look at you guys with your fancy-schmancy u-verse high speed internet. you know, in my day you couldn't just start streaming six ways to sunday. you'd get knocked off. and sometimes, it took a minute to download a song. that's sixty seconds, for crying out loud. we know how long a minute is! sitting, waiting for an album to download. i still have back problems. you're only 14 and a half. he doesn't have back problems. you kids have got it too good if you ask me. [ male announcer ] now u-verse high speed internet has more speed options, reliability and ways to connect. rethink possible. >>> a spike in rapes, the military is prompting new action in washington. the pentagon gave leaders four months to come up with a plan to stop sexual assaults. >> reporter: some of the victims stepped forward. she said she was attacked after joining the army at 17. >> i was raped by another service member who outranked
, the -- dimp elements safe, shut it down. >> and the memorial made by the pentagon that will make its debut tomorrow. ñsxóxgñ >>> new information on secretary of state hillary clinton. she has been hospitalized in new york since yesterday after doctors found a blood clock related to -- clot related to a concussion. doctors say she didn't have a stroke and no damage has been found. hillary clinton wim stay in the hospital for the -- will stay in the hospital for the next 48 hours. >> while secretary of state hillary clinton remains hospitalized, congress release as report on the attack at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> they walked into the compound and set it ablaze due to extremely poor security. >> the leaders of the senate homeland security committee released a report, a special report. it found the state department ignored security threats ahead of the attack. four americans died in that raid, including u.s. ambassador chris stevens who grew up in the bay area. >> it is not responsible for us, for the government to keep them in those very dangerous places unless we provide them wi
the pentagon and hard. as you see there, the defense stocks moving a little bit higher today including northrop grumman and lockheed martin. in los angeles with a look at what the deal means at least for two months for the sector, hi jane. >> hi, tyler. kicking the drone down the road. including 55 billion for this year. people forget the pentagon already has about 55 billion in cut in 2013 even without sequester. i know folks getting pink slips. but it is said all of these cuts are not cuts to spending but to funding. meaning the industry wouldn't start to feel it until next year. where? a lot of analyst don't expect cuts to impact multiyear contracts for hardware just because it is too difficult. pentagon just signed two deals with lockheed martin worth almost $9 billion for the f-35. so what is vulnerable? >> i think that the things that will be impacted will be things like training, maintenance, services, those are the shorter lead time items that the dod will be able to control. >> so companies providing those to the service include caci. sai pch booz allen. in the meantime, they had a gre
spending cuts that would have hit the pentagon and other federal agencies this week. they did strike a deal on taxes. three hours before the midnight deadline, mitch mcconnell and vice president joe biden emerged with a compromise in taxes, agreeing to wait on flashing spending. >> this is a mini cliff. the big cliff still lies in front of us. the big cliff on all spending cuts. >> reporter: president obama had scolded congress for waiting so long. >> one thing we can count on with respect to this congress is that if there is even one second left before you have to do what you're suppose to do, they will use that last second. >> reporter: the bush era tax cuts remain in place for individuals earning as much as $400,000 a year and families $450,000 a year. for above the $250,000 level on which president obama campaigned on. but those making more will see higher income taxes, capitol gains, and dividend rates, plus a new health care reform surtax. san francisco tax attorney rob wood says you'll notice in your pay tax will be history. >> the average person earning $50,000 a year is going to pa
on the sequester, the massive spending cut, that would largely target the pentagon. interesting on fox news sunday, republican lindy graham said he got a phone call from the defense secretary, saying even if there is a deal on tax, it is likely they won't have a deal on the spending cuts. so our national defense will take a hit. take a listen. >> not going to happen -- >> i talked to leon panetta last night, 7:30, during dinner -- >> secretary of defense? >> he said, lindsay, i have been told nothing of sequestration will go into effect, and that is the debt ceiling increase, half of the $1.2 falls on defense. we have cut $89 billion. he said, it would be shooting the defense department in the head and we will have to send out 800,000 layoff notices the beginning of the year. he is worried to death if we don't fix sequestration, we will destroy the finest military in the worlds when we need it most. >> if the sequestration goes through, massive impact on our national defense. if the tax rate issue is not settled, we could be facing the largest tax increase in american history since world war ii. l
would a compromise look like? >> do you see any room in the pentagon budget for cuts? >> oh, yes, absolutely. look, serious conservatives need to make it very clear that taxpayers, republicans, conservatives are looking at the entire budget and saying where can we be more efficient and more effective? we have a rather large pentagon budget, larger than most of the other counties in the world that have armies, navies and air forces all added together. >> right, combined. >> and we should have a strong military. we've got to keep the canadians on their side of the border. we ought to make sure that nobody can throw a punch at us successfully, but to argue that we can't reform some of the pension questions and some of the contracting decisions that are made -- and the good news is the republican caucus, the conservative caucus among republicans, the republican study leader jim jordan made the comment that while he was concerned about how the sequester might affect defense, he was more concerned that those cuts might not take place. that was part of the strong america is not to have
the decision to invade iraq in 2003, but later, criticized the pentagon's war planning. mostly, though, schwarzkopf devoted his time to serving as a board member and spokesman for charitable causes, living quietly in tampa, florida, where he died yesterday at the age of 78. in a statement, the first president bush, now ailing himself, called his gulf war commander "a true american patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation." for more on general schwarzkopf and his legacy, we are joined by "new york times" reporter michael gordon. he co-authored the book, "the generals' war: the inside story of the conflict in the gulf." michael, welcome. take us back first of all to the gulf war more than two decades ago. what was it about general schwarzkopf and what he did is that made him be regarded at least by many as a hero. >> well, this is the time in which the american military did not have the confidence of the american public the way it does now. whatever people think of the wars in afghanistan or iraq, they generally believe that the military has done its part. and that
the comfort of the north lawn reporting on the pentagon and the white house and the troops upsurge numbers and how this became a project that's really became attached to. lou: you focus on this particular battle, you talk with nearly 225 individuals. how long did that take? >> they range from generals, private, widows, couple insurgents, one of whom i interviewed by skype. it was a big project that every time i thought i wasev done, tak to smitty, i mean ultimately i just had to stop because there was never going to be a time where i had talked to everybody. lou: you are pursuing one of the toughest explanations, that is how those men can be caught ate that outpost and be the target to be outnumbered so outrageously and incapable of being protected. this is how it started. how is in hospi in the hospitaly newborn son, jack. he was a day-old, out of the corner of my eye i saw the story about the outpost and never heard of combat outpost. coverage along the lines of what would anybody put outpost there? it became a mystery that i needed to solve. why woultd we put our troops in such a vulner
was remembered today at the rose parade in california. the pentagon sponsored a float that was a replica of the korean war memorial in washington, d.c. six veterans of the war were aboard. there was also a reunion. a soldier just back from thghanistan surprised his wife and son. ehey'd won a contest to attend, but had no idea he'd be marching. how asians are bringing big changes to one texas city. next. city. next. . i know it's been a difficult time since your mom passed away. yeah. i miss her a lot, but i'm okay. wow. that was fast. this is the check i've been waiting for. mom had a guaranteed acceptance life insurance policy through the colonial penn program, and this will really help with the cost of her final expenses. is it affordable? it costs less than 35 cents a day-- that's pretty affordable, huh? that's less than the cost of a postage stamp. so, you said it was guaranteed acceptance? yes. it's for people ages 50 to 85. there's no medical exam or health questions. you can't be turned down because of your health. it fit right into mom's budget and gave her added peace of mind. y
pentagon budget issues coming up. so there's some talk about him wanting to hang on and try to manage the budget issues that are going to hit the pentagon over the next few months. host: we're taking your calls with david jackson, the white house reporter for u.s.a. today. first up is doug from oklahoma on the democratic line. good morning. caller: good morning. i had a question about geithner. hadn't he said something earlier about wanting to leave? guest: that's correct. host: around the inauguration was the quote. host: how would you feel about geithner leaving? do you want him to go as a democrat? caller: that's a good question. no. no. guest: the caller is right. geithner has said publicly he wants to leave around the nomination. but with the uncertainty, i don't think the administration would want him to leave as long as these issues are hanging. so we get a fiscal cliff this deal and i think he's going to be gone by the end of the month but i think it's kind of up t in the air. host: says a contender for his job would be jack lew. guest: that's the betting money. is his job if
to the pentagon and other agencies, are only to be delayed for two months, setting up another from fiscal cliff on march 1st. congress has adjourned. and late last night, after midnight, the president left for hawaii to meet with his family. and hopefully, he thinks for a few days' vacation. >> you mentioned the breathing per feelings got raw at the last minute. >> reporter: it got really nasty. politico first reported on friday when the congressional leaders met here at the white house, speaker of the house john boehner told the democratic leader, harry reid, off, use uhhing language i can't use here on "good morning america." >> you can't even paraphrase. >>> let's look at what the deal means to you at home. lots of paycheck changes right now. and bianna golodryga is at the smart screen to break it down. about 99% of americans protected from an increase. but most workers will take a hit. >> payroll taxes going up. this affects everyone making $110,000 or less. so, this year, anyone making $110,000 will pay an extra $2,200 in taxes. people making $50,000 will pay an extra $1,000. and someone m
, the massive amount of spending cuts that will kick in at the beginning of the year to harm the pentagon and other agencies. if they are getting anything, there are low expectations but if they get anything it will be a very small deal, something much smaller than they have been talking about for weeks, jon. jon: there aren't too many people these meetings. so a little hard to get an assessment, what is your idea, what is your best, yeah, assessment i guess how things are between some of these leaders? >> reporter: they have gotten pretty tense the last couple of days as they have come back from the christmas holiday. we saw yesterday senate majority leader harry reid basically accusing john boehner of running a deck tate toreship, that was his word in the house of representatives. reid piled on a little bit late yesterday afternoon and senate republican leader mitch mcconnell responded. take a listen. >> speaker boehner should call members of the house back to washington today. he shouldn't have let them two in fact. they're not here. they're not here. john boehner seeps to care more ab
their budgets cut, depending whether it the pentagon or other agencies. the agencies can try to shield some programs for others. social security benefits are not going to be cut. the pay for pentagon officials is not going to be cut. if this drags on into march or april, they will have to do furloughs, is essentially giving people vacations. host: the headline from "the wall street journal." is that one way to do that? guest: that is a painful way to do that. when people do not have money to spend, the economy is not going to grow. if this goes on for a couple of days and the stock market falls dramatically, congress and the white house may be able to avoid some of the long-term consequences. if everybody digs end, more disasters things could take hold. host: the president, vice president, speaker of the house, democratic leader of the house, will be meeting today. from the reporting you have done, what will be happening? guest: they could sit down and cut a deal in five minutes. they know all the issues. they know where their parties are. they could sit down in five minutes, shaking hands,
the automatic $492 billion in cuts to the pentagon over the next nine years is for congress to make a deal in the next two days. harris? >> peter, thank you. fox weather alert now. a new headache for travelers. tonight a fresh storm system is pummeling the northeast. as you know much of the region and really the rest of the country are recovering from the winter storm that hit earlier in the week. this new round of weather bringing even more snow, freezing rain and strong winds already causing some flight delays and making the roads dangerous. meteorologist justin povik with the accu-weather. justin? >> harris, i tell you, we cannot catch a break across the northeast and the nation's midsection. not to leave out the west coast. they have been stormy and wet, especially around san francisco. the meat of the storm system has been targeting the ohio valley and the northeast, and the latest is doing its dirty work across the coastal sections. the i-95 corridor. the worst of the worst we will target boston over the course of the next three to four hours approaching an inch an hour. snow totals
it would have especially hit the pentagon those have been delayed for at least two months. so it's something that they are going to have to tackle again. the other big problem what it does to the deficit more than 4 trillion of added debt that had a -- had many republicans voting against it. >> that is going to be huge debate over raising the nation's debt ceiling the president will push for an automatic increase in that. they will want to extract something in the way of spending cuts. we have been through this before. because republicans didn't get much of anything in spending cuts and the deal last night they will look for big ones in the debt ceiling negotiation. >> we hit the december ceiling november 21st but they put in emergency measures. what can you tell us about those measures? >> we know there are accounting gimmicks they can use to extend this. they can buy maybe a couple a month. they can negotiate the deal the president wanted to have some kind af debt ceiling raised as part of the agreement. this was kicked down the road. it is something in the way of spending cut
employment. >> the only way to avoid the automatic $492 billion in cuts to the pentagon over the next nine years is for congress to make a deal in the next two days. harris? >> peter, thank you. fox weather alert now. a new headache for travelers. tonight a fresh storm system is pummeling the northeast. as you know much of the region and really the rest of the country are recovering from the winter storm that hit earlier in the week. this new round of weather bringing even more snow, freezing rain and strong winds already causing some flight delays and making the roads dangerous. meteorologist justin povik with the accu-weather. justin? >> harris, i tell you, we cannot catch a break across the northeast and the nation's midsection. not to leave out the west coast. they have been stormy and wet, especially around san francisco. the meat of the storm system has been targeting the ohio valley and the northeast, and the latest is doing its dirty work across the coastal sections. the i-95 corridor. the worst of the worst we will target boston over the course of the next three to four hours appr
cuts aimed at the pentagon and elsewhere. >> the revenues have to be part of the equation in terping off the sequester. >> trouble on the left as well. senators grumbling the president gave away too much on the tax threshold of $450,000 or more. the white house is pushing back by saying that the president held firm on 39.6% at the top rate despite reports he might negotiate down to 38%. bret? >> bret: ed. in that event, the president didn't have a lot of details. it seems to be framed much like as you mention ad campaign style event. perhaps a signal that this is what we may see in the new year if the battle over the debt ceiling heats up in the next few weeks. >> in doubt. he did two things. going out and hitting republicans hard at this event he was making clear if they don't have the final deal, he will go out on the road and pound them in the days ahead to put the blame on them. the second thing he was doing, not just on the fiscal cliff. on immigration and other irks in the days ahead -- issues in the day ahead. he is going to take it to the american people on issue after issue,
massive mandatory spending cuts to the pentagon and domestic program goesing into affect in the new year, democrats want a one year extension, republicans insifrting on sooner. the president issued this warning about cuts only strategy. >> if they think that is going to be the form larks they've got another thing coming. it's not how goitsing to work. >> republicans bristledíróqj2lt remarks. >> it was dismissive and insulting. belittling and in the end, sad. >> senate republican leader mitch mcconnell didn't join n after months of refusing to vote, he said now is the time. everyone agrees that that action is necessary. and i can report we've reached an agreement on all of the tax issues. we're very, very, close. >> very close? but no cigar until tomorrow. and tonight, at midnight, the tax cuts expire for everybody. everybody's taxes go up. tomorrow, the republican-led house can lower rates and claim that they never raise taxes on the rich, and only voted for a tax cut. in the newsroom abc 7 news. >> a year end rally on wall street, investors responded to the opt nix talks before the n
as scheduled many jobs would beó%7z lost, 55 billion dollars cut from the pentagon budget. starbucks taking a stand, the ceo has«pt workers to write "come together[3wr" on cups. stocks continue to fall on fiscal cliff worries president and congress back in d.c. to talk about n'ozn budget today. toyota 1.1 billion dollar charge to settle a lawsuit has to do with more than 10 million vehicles recalled for unintended acceleration from claims the value of vehicles went down as a result. k)Ñ exchange#dww, with the bloomberg business report. >>> coming up, do you use those companies that give you a cash advance on your paycheck? you magb(:l be getting some of protected panda.id;gp >> good morning. 5:53. you see the embarcadero, bay bridge you don't see rain or traffic. we'll check in with sue and find out what is going on, on the highways. we'll find out where the rain is with mike. >>> u.s. department of commerce is due to release figures for new home sales, today's updates will hold stead if i not rise a bit they predict 375,000 in new sales. housing numbers slipped last month, new building p
and passing the pentagon. again, lighter volume on to the southeast-southwest freeway and 14th street and things are looking good in maryland. problem-free as you are heading down 270 from gaithersburg to the split at the beltway. no problems on the beltway itself. prince george's county, you are looking good on route 4, route 50, beltway and route 50. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. e traffic. >>> our other big story now is the fiscal cliff talks. later on today, president barack obama will sit down with top leaders from the house and senate at the white house. he is trying to find an agreement to avoid automatic spending cuts called for in the so-called sequester. and the bush tax cuts are also expiring. they have to agree on raising the debt ceiling as the government's borrowing limit will be reached next week. house speaker john boehner is calling the house into session sunday night. we are getting great comments this morning from you who have logged on it our facebook fan page. karl rose russell writes, if i don't do 199job, i would get fired. the same should be fo
these numbers, there are also a bunch of other issues, you know, 800,000 pentagon workers could be furloughed, all kinds of other issues where emergency unemployment benefits might be ended. so there are lots of complications. but let's talk about people's portfolios, and if we were to go over the cliff which you don't believe is going to happen, but if we were, what would you invest in right now? >> i'd stick to being very conservative. there's a good chance we could dip into a recession. in that type of environment, you want to be in very safe and secure stocks, and you want to have a more conservative portfolio. you want to be invested in the high quality fixed-income and not be that global in your organization. liz: how would you characterize picking a secure stock? >> high dividend growth rate, very strong dividend payout rate as well, so one of those solid blue chip, large cap type of companies. liz: treasuries. i mean, the yield is kind of pathetic. >> and quite frankly, because i do think this'll be resolved, and i think treasuries are going to be one of the worst investments in the n
, the spending cuts to the pentagon and elsewhere kick in. the bottom line is when you talk to republican senators they say the issue is not taxes, it's if you give the president more revenue he'll spend it on more government programs. >> senator harry reid should have made sure the senate passed a budget sometime in the last three years and it would be reconciled with the house and you would have a framework, a budget resolution. the fact we're down to the 59th minute of the 11th-hour and a couple elected officials and unelected staffs behind closed doors doing a back room deal is an outrage. >> in the final moments, a key development is that vice president joe biden has been in delaware for the weekend. he came back a few hours ago and is huddled behind closed doors, two phone calls with mitch mcconnell. a year and a half ago, it looked like all hope was lost and vice president with his long time in the senate many years was able to reach out to mitch mcconnell and they pulled a deal together in the final hours. >> the 59th minute of the 11th hour. ed henry, thank you very much. >>> goi
. that became more and more until the publication of "the pentagon papers." that was a gradual growth come a difference, between the media the new york times" and the administration, and that continues until the state. there is an oscillation between the administration and "the times" depending on the administration. that difference opened up cordially there, and it continued to. the skepticism to the vietnam war, and watergate, which is mostly "washington post" storage, increased trade gradually we have what we have today, an adversarial right fox, adversarial left, msnbc, and cnn, which is trying to be "the new york times," when nobody wants to see a non- adversarial. "the times" is a two-section newspaper, a term that "the times" does not like any more. the editor -- when you use in it, they get a little bit squeamish. some of you i should probably it, one of my sources -- took a great deal of reading the, and interviews. "the times" is generous in giving me access, letting the interview them. mostly, i got this through approaching them and asking them, and one led to the other. approa
is a couple mission of the pentagon to it that was a andual i'll live to milan in administration. but it does not interest otters up continually there. this skepticism for the vietnam war and watergate which is mostly the washington post dory increased. the press became adversarial and maybe it will we have to have men ever serial left at have one cnn which is kind of trying to be the new york times and people are talking abut that people are not adversarial news. the stock above the neck down is it to section the newspaper. i notice the public editor who has probably talk to the look less people less times that i have have said, the day's paper is the granddaddy best friend of nuclear plant. the individual was get a little bit squeamish. some of you think i should say where are my sources. the book was a great deal of reading, i also was a very temperance and times of generous and giving me access. as one person or any view and expect to be. 1999-201. . all of the executive editress. by the time we were involved in this process a tentative before -- 1834 was a secondary investing. >> it does
of across the board spending cuts that would have started hitting the pentagon and domestic agent sess agencies this week. >> we have done some good for the country. >> house speaker john boehner has not endorsed the deal yet so passage in the house is not a sure thing. we are joined on the phone now by congressman john garamendi a fairfield democrat who is going to be working today even though it's a holiday. >> got a long day ahead. thanks for joining us, congressman. happy new year to you. tell us, have you had a chance to look at the bill yet? what are the pros and cons ? >> happy new year to everybody in the bay area and hopefully it will be better than last year. i think it can be if we get our work done here in. what. none of us has seen the language of the bill. we will get that this morning as we return to the capital and go through our caucuses around noontime here in washington, d.c. however, the essential elements are known and that is that the "fiscal cliff" at least half of it has been put off, the tax side. the cuts are yet to be dealt with. those will be coming up in th
'm an employee of the pentagon or some place which there are tens of thousands of employees, is there any possibility that any deal that that come up with is going to disproportionately affect a department like that or does that happen across the board? >> well, everything as it is right now is determined by the -- a law that was passed in 2011, the budget control act. that's what set in motion this trigger for sequestration. in that law, roughly half was supposed to go to the department of defense and half in nondefense agencies. but given that, they will be -- that's one of the things that there's uncertainty among federal employees also, because we don't know yet how much discretion agencies will have and how they implement their cuts. and, again, a lot of focus is on sequestration, those automatic cuts. but that law also put in place spending caps that will affect cuts that are even larger than the sequestration cuts. so cuts are definitely coming. that's not even a question. >> ifill: it's not debatable. >> it's just how large they will be and who will be impacted by those cuts. and
and $450,000 for couples. the bill also delays automatic cuts to the pentagon and domestic programs for two months. and 2 million unemployed americans will continue to receive jobless benefits for at least another year. the congressional budget office estimates the bill will add nearly $4 trillion to the deficit over the next ten years, largely to pay for keeping the bush tax rates in place for most americans. house republicans complained loudly before that vote last night, that there were no spending cuts in this deal. >> well, i think it's a little unreasonable for senator reid to say that something that they produced on new year's eve, produced by a bunch of sleep-deprived octogenarians is what we should adopt within 48 hours. >> speaker john boehner voted for the deal, breaking the republican leaders eric cantor of virginia and kevin mccarthy of california who voted against. paul ryan joined speaker boehner, voting for the bill. after the vote, president obama tried to set the terms for the fiscal fights ahead in a rare late-night appearance with joe biden by his side in the briefing ro
grew up on the pentagon papers, the secret history of the war, represent by daniel elsburg, is it true the papers were about vietnam was gaining territory. so perhaps by the '64 election this would have been major issue for kennedy, and he would have had to coming on more hawkish, again. >> counterfactual. we think kennedy had a certain kind of self-confidence. kennedy said at one opinion if somebody argues to me about unemployment, i can refute him. i have no problem. but somebody from the intelligence community or the military comes in, i always assume that they had a special knowledge that i didn't have. he says i've learned different. they really don't. he said at a later point, i'm going to tell my successor that the most important thing he has to learn is not trust the military, not to trust the joint chiefs. kennedy stood up to those people. >> in 2009, obama had the contrary result with the generals pressing him on afghanistan, the surge there. >> do you think -- i want to hear you talk about it -- has foreign policy in a grand sense changed at all since the colored war? it's b
. >> spectators are camping out along the parade rate, but no tents are allowed. the pentagon is making its debut, with a float honoring veterans of the korean war. >> make sure you check out the rose parade on abc and the rose bowl. >> of course. >> and 2013 will begin with cold, cold weather in much of the country. they're saying the first week of january could be one of the coldest on record. >> what are we at, 35 last night in times square. kind of cold. >> it is bundle up weather, that's for sure. >> certainly bundle up weather. >>> meteorologist jim dicky here is now with more. >> good morning. and happy new year. unlike last winter, we've seen a pattern set up here where arctic air is surging in, and that will continue to do so the rest of the week. arctic air mass in place right now. early morning temperatures below zero in minneapolis. 14 in chicago. and this air headed towards the northeast. cold this morning in many cases. not as cold as we'll be tomorrow morning. syracuse, 13. as the cold air filters in, many spots seeing wintry weather. snow showers region wide. lake snow in west vir
americans who served and sacrificed. this week the pentagon released the names of two service members killed in afghanistan. we also want to honor in sunday the man president george herbert walker bush called a true american patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation, general norman schwartz cop who led u.s. forces in victory in the persian gulf war passed away this week at the age of 78. you can see our interview with norman swars cop from "this week" during the 1991 invasion from iraq on our website at abcnews.com/thisweek. when we return, how concerned are wall street and the world markets as we count down to the cliff? the answer when this special edition of "this week" returns. to the best vacation spot on earth. (all) the gulf! it doesn't matter which of our great states folks visit. mississippi, alabama, louisiana or florida, they're gonna love it. shaul, your alabama hospitality is incredible. thanks, karen. love your mississippi outdoors. i vote for your florida beaches, dawn. bill, this louisiana seafood is delicious. we're having such a great year on the gulf,
to libya were killed. the report also finds fault with the pentagon and the white house. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge live with that from washington. is this report different from the one that the state department investigation group put out, catherine? >> reporter: it is, jon. thank you and good morning. this congressional investigation also faults the pentagon for having no effective evacuation plan and faults the white house including president obama for his inconsistent statements about whether benghazi was a terrorist attack given the intelligence suggested within hours that an al-qaida affiliate was involved on september 11th. it sites mr. obama a's interview with 60 minutes on september 12th as evidence of inconsistent statements. he states it's too early to know exactly how this came about, what group was involved. obviously it was an attack on americans and we will be working with the libyan government to make sure we bring these folks to justice one way or the other. the president said in an interview over the weekend that there were quote, huge problems and
the impact on the military overall will be, quote, very serious. >> the pentagon and the departments are already in financial trouble, because there has already been a $480 billion cut that is being applied right now as we speak. to take another cut on top of that is devastating. >> reporter: it's not just the military itself that will take a hit, also the defense industry, defense contractors, private companies that do work for the pentagon. one democratic congressman in northern virginia whose district maybe hit the hardest by all of this says it could mean layoffs. >> the large defense contractors will probably be okay, they have significant cash reserves, most of them. the smaller contractors would have trouble getting their lines of credit extended, trouble keeping their employees, if they can't be assured of continued employment. >> reporter: congressman moran says if we go over the cliff, which he thinks we will, then the impact and severity of the automatic defense spending cuts depend how long they are in place into the new year before congress finally fixes this fiscal clif
automatic, across-the-board spending cuts to the pentagon and domestic spending. we are getting your take on that this morning with our coverage on a "washington journal." here is what the majority leader harry reid had to say earlier this morning before the vote. >> working through the night and throughout the day, we have reached a deal with senator mcconnell to avert tax increases on middle class americans. i have said all along to our most important priority is to protect middle-class families. this legislation does that. middle-class families will wake up to date to the assurance that their taxes will not go up -- today to the assurance that the taxes will not go up $2,200 each. they will have the certainty to pay for groceries and car payments on next year. legislation protects 2 million americans lost their jobs during the great recession, losing their unemployment insurance. i'm disappointed that we were not able to make a grand bargain as we have for so long, but we tried. host: here is the headline in "the washington times." -- late into new year's eve, the criticism from the le
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